Ascension Episcopal Church

Amherst, Virginia

A parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.

All are welcome!

The mission of Ascension Church is to worship God, guided by the Spirit, by the love and teachings of Jesus, and by Episcopal tradition; to love and support one another as Christ loves us; and to support and serve our neighbors in Amherst and beyond.

Join us for in-person worship every Sunday at 11 a.m. Live Zoom service every Sunday. For more information, contact Brooke Vandervelde at


Regular Activities

The Rev. Jeannette Pillsbury,  our priest for pastoral care, is available in the Parish Hall each Tuesday. 

The men’s breakfast meets every Friday morning in the Parish Hall. Coffee call at 7:30 a.m., breakfast at 8 a.m. Bible study at 8:30 a.m. Contact Kinny Kinnier for information.

Our centering prayer group welcomes everyone. We meet virtually on Saturdays at 8 a.m. Contact Dena Lee for information.

Join our Meals On Wheels group! Email John Vandervelde to learn more, or just come to the Parish Hall kitchen every second Friday of the month at 3:15 p.m. to help prepare meals.

Women's Bible Study group will meet on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall starting in March 2024. Contact Zoe Rogers.

Toys For Tots Donations Exceed Expectations

"Christmas is a time of joy, happiness, and goodwill. It is time of giving and helping those who are less fortunate then ourselves, especially impoverished children. For over half a century, one organization - the U.S. Marine Corps - is the unchallengled leader in looking after America's less fortunate children at Christmas."

Thank you all who donated to our Toys For Tots campaign and to Jean Bryan for heading up this outreach program for the church. All your efforts were greatly appreciated.